QMJHL: Youngsters shine in Sags loss

QMJHL: Youngsters shine in Sags defeat


The Chicoutimi Saguenéens suffered a 5-4 loss in overtime at the expense of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Sunday, at the Center Georges-Vézina. However, the Saguenéennes recruits were important pieces in the defeat.

“Our team is in training. I loved the way our youngsters behaved. With the next practices, we will continue to put in place a structure, ”said Sags head coach Yanick Jean. 

From the start of the match, the 1,243 supporters had the chance to get a first real glimpse of the Blues line-up. Both sides had their first chances early. However, it was the Drakkar who opened the scoring with the help of the Czech Matyas Melovsky. The latter took advantage of the free space to fire a wrist shot that beat Luciano Ruggiero. For a rare time since his debut, the 16-year-old goalkeeper seemed weak on a streak.

Young people stand out

Another rookie player, forward Jérémy Leroux, provided Chicoutimi's reply just after. The Stanstead College alum deftly deflected a point shot from Matteo Mann. From now on, the first third was the affair of the young people. The Sags' first choice in 2022, Maxim Massé, allowed his team to take a 2-1 lead on the power play. 

The Saguenéens increased their lead to 3-1 at the start of the second period . The shot from defender Vincent Fredette, one of the team's 20-year-olds, found a way behind opposing goalkeeper Oliver Ciarlo. 

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The visitors regained their energy of the first twenty moments later. The Côte-Nord team rolled up their sleeves by tying the score. Niks Feneko and Andrew Belchamber scored in quick succession. 

Despite a drop in momentum by both teams at the end of the second period, the last twenty got off to a flying start. Obviously hooked on the game, Leroux found a way to score his second goal of the day.

For the second time in the game, the Drakkar brought the two groups back to square one. Xaver Fortin beat Ruggiero with a shot into the top corner. This last scorer added a second net in overtime to allow the Drakkar to escape with the victory. 

The Sags will take part in their last preseason game, Saturday September 17 (4 p.m.), again against the Drakkar in Baie-Comeau. 

Photo credit/Roger Gagnon: In a game led by the rookies, the Sags lost 4-3 to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Archival Photo